I picked it up tonight for underpainting a few new canvases (Cadmium Yellow...my fave!) and the brush was stiff as a board!! After a flash of despair at possibly losing one of my favorite brushes, I got out the Pink Soap and went to the sink. After a good fifteen minutes of swishing and washing, the bristles were nearly free again! Whew! So now the brush is soaking for a while to free up the last bits of varnish.
|Hoping for the Best...|
So on to the prep work. I learned several years ago that a stark white canvas can be less than inspiring...scary even! So I started painting a light color wash first thing. Used rinse water worked pretty well just to break up that blank white space. My art mentor, Jill shared a similar concept of underpainting, but with a vibrant color (like Cadmium Yellow...my fave!). This really makes the painting "glow". I'm hooked! 9 out of last 10 acrylic paintings are underpainted Cadmium Yellow. So perhaps an upcoming challenge for me is to try a new underpainting color...? Stay tuned :-)